In the run-up to the annual Tribute Concert at Moretele Park on 30 August 2014, a free workshop is being held in Pretoria to assess the status of live entertainment in South Africa and Tshwane.

 All arts stakeholders are invited to be part of an in-depth discussion that delves into the state of the industry in general, and the live music scene in particular.

 Coming up for debate are topical issues affecting the music industry, such as contracts, rights administration (performing, mechanical and needletime rights), business management, publishing, recording, performances and so on. Facilitators include Professor Cosbie Mbele, a prominent author, musician, academic and cultural activist. What is the current state of the live entertainment industry – is it making progress, what are its failures and how does the future look? Young musicians and established professionals are invited to come and join the conversation with a view to moving forward positively with all the relevant information at their fingertips.

 For the City of Tshwane the Tribute Concert is more than a music festival.  According to Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in Tshwane, Cllr Nosipho Makeke-Tyobeka, the workshop is in line with the City’s Creative Industries Strategy. “We want to create an after-effect that is meaningful for artists.  It should assist them to develop their skills and empower them in their future endeavours,” she said.   The City is working towards bringing a new dimension to Tshwane wherein the arts should contribute and participate actively in the mainstream economy and cease to be a mere leisure activity. 

 “The workshop is, amongst others, aimed at imparting business skills to musicians and related sectors. We have seen high profile artists dying poor despite their immense talent and track record in the industry and the workshop is a step in the right direction to change the lives of the local musicians and artists, “said Makeke-Tyobeka.

 The Tribute Concert Music Workshop will take place at the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria on Saturday, 23 August 2014, from 09:00 to 14:00. 

 This free workshop is facilitated by Drakensberg Promotions and assisted by the Heritage Music School. To register for this important industry workshop or to apply for accreditation, contact or alternatively 011 482 4973

 On 30 August, the Tribute Concert at Moretele Park in Mamelodi will pulse with the sounds of Mi Casa, Mafikizolo, Lira, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Johnny Clegg, Letta Mbulu, Jonas Gwangwa, Thomas Chauke and Ringo, as well as Bhudaza, Musa (2013’s Idols winner) and Zonke. 

 The concert is also the perfect opportunity to witness the next generation of bubbling-under talent in the making, as emerging jazz artists and groups will also perform on the day.

 Bring your party shoes, come along and welcome spring with this epic party of note! The music starts at 11:00 and continues into the night. Tickets cost R300 and are available at Computicket.


Concert details 

  • Event: Tribute Concert
  • Date: Saturday, 30 August 2014
  • Venue: Moretele Park, Sibande Street, Mamelodi, Tshwane
  • Artists: Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lira, Johnny Clegg, Don Laka, Letta Mbulu, Jonas Gwangwa, Ringo, Bhudaza, Idols 2013 winner Musa, Zonke and Thomas Chauke
  • Time: 11:00
  • Tickets: R300 at Computicket


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